Some home remedies for hammertoe pain include massaging the affected area, applying an ice pack to the toe and switching to more comfortable shoes, according to BootsWebMD. Non-medicated hammertoe pads may also be helpful to avoid painful pressure on the hammertoe.
Individuals with hammertoe should wear shoes with a high, broad toe area with at least 1/2 inch of space between the longest toe and the tip of the shoe, advises BootsWebMD. Low-heeled shoes with flexible materials over the foot area are a comfortable option for hammertoe pain, notes Mayo Clinic. Individuals should avoid using over-the-counter corn removal products because the acid can damage the skin around the toe.
Although ice applied to the area several times a day can help relieve painful inflammation, individuals should visit a podiatrist to develop a treatment plan that returns the foot to its normal function, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Padding and taping the toe is often the first step in treating the condition, as it relieves pain and helps the individual return to normal activities. Patents should avoid tight, narrow shoes, and children should have their shoes fitted on a regular basis. Cortisone injections and anti-inflammatory medications may also be helpful in relieving acute hammertoe pain.